When Chloé Lukasiak and her mother, Christi Lukasiak, were chosen to dance moms, they had no idea how much their lives would change. The hit reality show was originally supposed to be a six-episode docuseries. However, once Lifetime saw the initial footage of the show, they immediately ordered more episodes. And while there were perks to being on the show, it was quite a draining experience for the cast. This was especially true for the dancers, who were young children when the show started.
Chloé Lukasiak explains the busy schedule she followed for ‘Dance Moms’
Part of what made dance moms so grueling was the grueling schedule the actors had to follow. In a YouTube video, Chloe revealed that even talking about the calendar, years later, was exhausting her.
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The week started on Monday, which was technically a day off from filming. However, the girls all went to school during the first seasons, so they got up very early. And although dance moms wasn’t filming, the girls still had to take dance lessons at the Abby Lee Dance Company. According to Chloe, taking a break was not an option. “We weren’t allowed to jump because then we would get in trouble,” she admitted.
The cast spent hours filming the pyramid every Tuesday
Tuesdays were particularly difficult days because that’s when Pyramid was filmed. Although the pyramid has rarely lasted more than 15 minutes in an episode of dance momsit took much longer to film. Chloe revealed that it actually takes around two to three hours to film each week. But the pyramid was only the first part of a very long day.
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After the pyramid, the dancers would start learning their number for the week, but that was just a small snippet of what they were supposed to perform. “We would start to learn our number, but really Gianna would just give us like a count of eight to rehearse while Abby talked to the moms about everything that needed to be discussed that week,” Chloe revealed. After dancing, the girls did their hair and made up. It was so they could film interviews about what they had been doing the week before. In the interviews, the dance moms the cast discussed the previous competition, their solos, scores, and more. After the interviews were over, the girls still had to find time to do their homework.
The dancers had to adopt a modified school schedule to film the reality show
Wednesday, Chloe shared that they will be learning group dance essentials for the week and doing more shoots for dance moms. However, learning solos, duets or trios was usually reserved for Thursdays. If you were selected for more than one group number, you left school early to learn the additional number(s). Later, when the rest of the cast arrived, the dancers were cleaning up the group number and “hoped to complete the solos, duets and trios on the same day”.
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dance moms fans might be surprised to learn that the dancers skipped an entire school day to film the show. “I have never been to school on Fridays” Chloe revealed. “We went to school four days a week. Sometimes we had rehearsals in the morning, sometimes not. Then we would get on the bus and then we would go to the competition. Then we would come to the place. Moms normally went out to dinner [but] the girls didn’t really go out to dinner because our parents wanted us to rest, relax and get ready for the next day.”
Chloe and the cast of ‘Dance Moms’ have been on this program for almost six months
Saturdays were usually an early day for casting. They woke up, did their hair and makeup, got ready for solos, duets and trios, performed them, then took a lunch break. After the breakup, they would come back, prepare for the group dance, warm up, perform, and attend the awards. All of this, of course, was happening at the same time as filming. However, Chloe revealed that Saturday nights were usually for fun. The girls had regular sleepovers and went to the mall or the movies. “It was like our one night a week where we really had to be kids,” Chloe explained.
Sundays were another day off from filming dance moms because it was booked as a travel day. “We weren’t coming back until a little later” Chloe explained. “I probably have to finish my homework and get ready for next week. It was a very busy schedule. I don’t know the exact number of episodes in each season, but I think there are about 22, so let’s say I did this for 22 weeks a year. Obviously, filming the show was no small feat. However, the dancers seemed to be making the most of the intense work schedule.
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